NOTES: 'It's a win, that's the main thing'

Yvenson Bernard and Alexis Serna continue to move up Pac-10 lists...Victor Butler is on a tear...offensive notes...defensive notes...special teams notes...key quote and more from the win.

Pregame Notes:

  • Washington won the toss and elected to receive.

  • The announced attendance was 45,629, the largest crowd in Reser Stadium history.

  • Weather: 43 degrees, Wind: 3 mph W, clear and cold


Series Notes:

  • Washington still leads 57-31-4 and 8-18 in Corvallis.

  • Oregon State defeated Washington for the fourth consecutive time, the first time OSU has accomplished the feat in their 92 game history.

  • The Beavers and Dawgs have split the last 10 matchups.


Offense Notes:

  • The offense generated 328 total yards of offense, 219 on the ground and 109 through the air while picking up 13 first downs via rushing and four via the pass.
  • The running game averaged 4.0 yards per attempt while the passing game averaged 10.9 yards per completion.

  • The offense held the ball for 11:02 in the fourth quarter.

  • The offense converted 4 of 15 on third downs and scored on 4 of 5 redzone opportunities.

  • After giving up nine sacks last week against USC, the offensive line yielded three against UW.

  • QB Lyle Moevao turned in a decent performance in his first career start completing 10 of 22 for 109 yards and one touchdown. But he did throw an interception and fumbled the ball away.

    He did a good job of getting the play called with plenty of time left on the play clock, an issue he had earlier in the season.

    Moevao displayed his mobility as he four times for 20 yards, including a 14-yard draw which resulted in a first down.

    In one of the better blocks this year, Moevao absolutely leveled a UW defensive end on an end around as he sent the big man on his back to the delight of the crowd. His hit made ESPN's top plays of the night.

  • After missing the USC game with a shoulder injury, RB Yvenson Bernard returned in fine form carrying the ball a season high 36 times for a season high 149 yards. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry.

    Bernard had carried the ball 197 times without a fumble, and it should have been 198, but the Pac-10 referees blew a call late in the fourth quarter as he lunged for a touchdown.

    His knee was down and the ground caused the fumble; it also could have been a touchdown, but the refs ruled it a fumble as a Husky recovered the ball taking it to the WASH38 yard line.

    Bernard was the team's leading receiver with three catches for 26 yards. He now has 3,611 career rushing yards, moving him into 11th place on the Pac-10 list Steven Jackson (3,625).

  • WR James Rodgers continued picking up first downs as he ran eight times for 85 yards, breaking of runs of 27 and 21 yards in the second half, while averaging 10.6 yards per carry.

  • WR Darrell Catchings had two catches for 15 yards, including a 16-yard snatch where he slipped on turf onto his rear, but managed to knock the ball down and secure it.

  • WR Chris Johnson had his longest reception of the year as he grabbed a 35 yard bomb from Moevao in the second quarter to help setup a field goal.

  • FB Andy Stewart recorded his third touchdown this season. He caught his first career touchdown as he contorted his body and got his hands under an under thrown ball.

    Stewart now has three touchdowns on the year, good for second on the team.


Defense Notes:

  • The defensive gave up 248 total yards, 85 yards on the ground and 249 through the air. The Huskies averaged 2.7 yards per rush and 15.6 yards per completion.

  • 184 of the passing yards came in the fourth quarter fueled by 41 and 86 yard gains that had the secondary coach Nigel Burton going crazy as the Beavers had a two score lead at the time.

  • UW converted just 1 of 14 third down opportunities. This is the second time this year the defense has limited an opponent to just one third down conversion, the other was Stanford who converted 1 of 13 opportunities.

  • LB Derrick Doggett led the team in tackles for the second straight week as he finished with 9 stops, including two tackles for loss.

    Doggett also almost took a fumble in for a touchdown as he scooped the ball up near the Beaver sidelines, sidestepped a couple of defenders and reversed the field before Louis Rankin ran him out of bounds inside the 10-yard line.

  • CB Tim Clark received the start over Keenan Lewis as he grabbed a season high seven tackles to go a long with a game high three pass breakups.

    Clark almost had two interceptions that would have resulted in six. Both times he broke on a pass only to have the ball deflect off of his hands.

  • CB Keenan Lewis played sparingly as he was cramping up.

  • SS Daniel Drayton reagravatted a groin injury. He is not expected to miss any time although Bryan Payton, if not suspended by the Pac-10, will probably receive more reps.

  • DE Jeff Van Orsow had one of his better games this year tallying a season high six tackles and one forced fumble.

  • DE Victor Butler received his first career start as he replaced the injured Dorian Smith in the lineup. Butler was a menace grabbing four tackles, including two sacks.

    Butler leads the team with nine sacks.

  • DE Slade Norris wreaked havoc in the Purple and Gold backfield as well grabbing two sacks giving him eight this year, good for second on the team.

  • FS Bryan Payton was having a solid game before being ejected in the second quarter for throwing a punch. He finished with three tackles and two pass deflections.

  • LB Dwight Roberson had a standout day on special teams recording three tackles including one big hit on a kickoff return.

  • LB Keith Pankey received some playing time at linebacker. He had one tackle.


Special Teams Notes:

  • PK Alexis Serna continued his excellence against the Huskies connecting on all five field goal attempts (51, 34, 43, 30, 28). Serna finishes his career against the Huskies a perfect 18 of 19. Sernamatic!

    Serna moved into sixth place on the Pac-10 career scoring list with 362 points.

  • P Alexis Serna averaged 37.3 yards per punt with a long of 51.

  • KR Gerard Lawson returned five kickoffs for a 27.5 average. Lawson also blocked his first punt of the game as he got his hand on a punt in the second quarter.

  • LB Dennis Christopher scored his first career touchdown as he recovered Lawson's punt block taking the ball in from 7 yards out as he leaped high into the endzone for six.

    It was the Beavers first blocked punt since Derrick Doggett accomplished the feat in 2005 against Oregon in the Civil War.


Miscellaneous Notes:

  • This is the first time the Beavers were on the negative side of the turnover battle and won. OSU had one interception and lost two fumbles, while UW lost one fumble.

  • Oregon State was flagged a season high 10 times for 82 yards. Three players, Bryan Payton and James Dockery were ejected for throwing punches; Brandon Hughes was in the middle of the fray. UW player Ryan Tolar was also ejected.

  • It was senior night and the 23 seniors that played their last game in Reser Stadium has never lost to the Huskies.

  • Oregon State led 16-0 at halftime.

  • Former Beaver safety Sabby Piscitelli was on the sideline for the game.

  • The Beaver victory makes OSU bowl eligible and guarantees at least a .500 record. The Husky loss knocks them out of postseason contention.

  • Deja-vu - Last year the Beavers knocked quarterback Isaiah Stanback out of the game, this year they knocked out Jake Locker.

    Locker was scrambling near the sideline and decided to try and pick up extra yards instead of going out of bounds. S Al Afalava came flying in and hit him on the helmet.

    Locker's face mask was cut off as an ambulance came on the field whisking him off to Good Samaritan Hospital. Locker returned later in the game with a neck brace and earned a standing ovation from the OSU crowd.


Key Quotes:

  • Head coach Mike Riley - “I’m very excited about the win. This was a big win for our team. There were a million things that went on in that game. However it came out, we won. I’m proud of that.”

    On the penalties - "I don't think that our reaction to whatever was going on was good, and we'll take care of that. That's already been addressed, and that will be addressed again. Because those kind of penalties could have cost us that game and probably played a big part why it got to where it was in the end."

    On the "fumble" - “It was a touchdown When the ball crosses the goal line, it’s usually a touchdown. Every play in college football is reviewed, and then the review judge decides whether he’s going to buzz down to the referee. You can call timeout and ask for a review, but your chances of doing that aren’t usually very good, because the guy upstairs is supposed to be reviewing it. You’re asking for a review of a play he didn’t think was worth reviewing.”

    On Moevao's play - “He’s tough, competitive and he can block, I’ll tell you that. He made some good throws. The throws he was asked to make, he threw some good ones. Overall, I was really proud of him. There’s a lot of respect for Lyle on this team.”

    On Bernard's play - "Outstanding. You just saw what Yv is made of. Wednesday, Thursday, he couldn't lift his arm in the air. Pretty amazing."

  • QB Lyle Moevao - “It’s a win, that’s the main thing. I thought I played pretty good. Coaches were stressing management of the game. My reads were pretty good today, but it took a little getting used to game-time speed again. It’s been awhile.”

    On being bowl eligible - “I forgot we were playing for bowl eligibility until Coach Riley mentioned it afterward. This was really important, especially for our seniors, playing their last game at Reser Stadium. I feel like I’m giving them back something since they’ve done everything for this program the last couple of years.”

    On the game's ending - “It’s never fun being in a situation where you’re biting your nails on the sidelines, but I knew our defense has done a great job the whole season. There wasn’t really too much to worry about.”

    On his block - "To tell you the truth, I kind of want to do it again. I was hoping we'd call it again later in the game. It's just fun, being able to have that feeling again of hitting somebody. I haven't had that since high school. It was fun, brought back memories."

  • PK Alexis Serna - On playing against UW - “I get into a groove every single time we play the Huskies. I called my kicking coach this week to tell him I’m starting to feel comfortable again. It just happens to always happen late in the year when we’re going up against U-Dub. It’s kind of ironic, but it’s been fun.”

    On his last game in Reser - “It’s fun to go out like that. Coach Riley and the staff have done an awesome job, and the team is just amazing. We fight back through adversity.”

  • LB Derrick Doggett - On his fumble return - “The ball just popped right into my arms. I was just running around, trying to score.”

  • S Al Afalava - On his hit on Jake Locker - "I was pursuing to the ball and I thought he was going to go out of bounds. He cut in, and I was like, all right. So I put my helmet right into his helmet. I prayed for him, and I’m glad he’s all right. That’s a good thing.”

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